Saturday, April 09, 2011

Bird smuggler caught

A Singaporean bird smuggler was caught on Thursday with 240 munias hidden under the seats of his car at the Woodlans Checkpoint. The live birds were found in plastic crates and what gave him away was the flapping sounds made by the birds.

The smuggler (a 42-year-old man) said that he bought it from a pet shop in Johor for religious purposes. If that was true, i believe that the leaders of the various religious group need to step up efforts to educate its followers to drop this tradition of releasing animals as part of penance, as it perpetuates indirectly the industry of animal/bird capturing and smuggling.

Munia's (Scally) in the wild where they belong

Live birds brought in without an Agri-food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) permit violates the Animals and Birds Act, which carries a maximum penalty of S$10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.

Source (last visited 9 April 2011)

Flapping sounds give away bird smuggler. Channelnewsasia, 8 April 2011

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